Reading Newsletter Eagle PrimarY school - January 2019

Welcome to the first Eagle Primary Reading Newsletter for 2019!

Just when you thought it was safe... a New Year jumps out at you!

I am honestly unsure where 2018 went, but gone it has and 2019 presents us with many things, including some exciting new reads to come I am sure. If I can get even close to the second half of my #toberead pile!

This month, I want to share some stories and novels that will make you think and inspire you to consider how the character's stories can make you reflect on your own life - New Year's Resolutions and all that! So, I hope that there is something that can be discovered that you can enjoy!

Whether you share the books with your children or if you encourage them to read them for themselves, it doesn't matter. I would simply like to see children get the opportunity to develop the breadth and depth of books that they have access to.

I am going to leave this 'Book Sorter' activity here for this month too. My daughter (8) tried it and found two stories she has really enjoyed.

Click the button above to try it out...

All of the books in the Book Sorter have been added by children. Now you can find out what other children have recommended. Just click on the coloured boxes and drag your choices into the Book Sorter.

Mr Watson

EY & KS1 Book of the Month

We're all Wonders - RJ Palacio

"I know I can't change the way I look. But maybe, just maybe, people can change the way they see . . ."

Wonder is the unforgettable story of August Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. With over 5 million copies sold, Wonder is a true modern classic, a life-changing read, and has inspired kindness and acceptance in countless readers. Now younger readers can discover the Wonder message with this gorgeous picture book, starring Auggie and his dog Daisy on an original adventure, written and illustrated by R.J. Palacio.

With spare, powerful text and richly-imagined illustrations, We're All Wonders shows readers what it's like to live in Auggie's world - a world in which he feels like any other kid, but he's not always seen that way.

We're All Wonders taps into every child's longing to belong, and to be seen for who they truly are. It's the perfect way for families and teachers to talk about empathy, difference and kindness with young children.

MR WATSON SAYS: This book will open the door to lots of conversations about difference and including others. Being Kind is such an important skill that cannot always be taught, but can be shown and this book lets everyone who reads it see how being kind can not only change you but those around you.

KS1 Book of the Month

The Promise - Nicola Davies

A picture book of great beauty and hope about the power we have to transform our world.

On a mean street in a mean city, a thief tries to snatch an old woman’s bag. But she finds she can’t have it without promising something in return – to “plant them all”.

When it turns out the bag is full of acorns, the young thief embarks on a journey that changes her own life and the lives of others for generations to come. Inspired by the belief that a relationship with nature is essential to every human being, and that now, more than ever, we need to renew that relationship, The Promise is the story of a magical discovery that will touch the heart and imagination of every reader, young and old.

With poignant simplicity, honesty and lyricism, Nicola Davies evokes a powerful vision of a world where people and nature live in harmony. Laura Carlin's delicate illustrations capture a young girl’s journey from a harsh, urban reality to the beauty and vitality of a changed world.

MR WATSON SAYS: I have a problem with picture books, they just fall into my hands! The Promise is a story about hope, community and change. It sends a truly positive message about how we have power, as individuals to make an impact on our surroundings. The book reminds us that the protection and respect of nature is crucial for the survival for all species on our planet.

KS2 Book of the Month

The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas - David Almond

Multi-award-winning author David Almond brings us a joyfully life-affirming and fabulously fishy tale about one boy's journey from anguish to joy.

Stanley Potts is just an ordinary boy, but when all the jobs in Fish Quay disappear his Uncle Ernie develops an extraordinary fascination with canning fish. Suddenly their home is filled with the sound of clanging machinery and the stench of mackerel, and Uncle Ernie's obsession reaches such heights that he would even can Stan's beloved goldfish!

Stan, however, has his own destiny, which leads him – via a hook-a-duck stall – to Pancho Pirelli, the blue-caped madman who swims with piranhas. And as Stan delves into the waters, he finally discovers who he really can be.

MR WATSON SAYS: I listened to this as an audiobook on my drives into school over the last week or so of school and loved it. A story of determination and realisation, where the lead character is so easy to identify with - the young person who just wants to be a little better and more than they are right now - we've all been there? Right? Follow Stanley and his dreams, you'll laugh, you'll cry and and you'll cheer!

Author of the Month

Kiran Millwood-HarGrave

Books by Kiran Millwood-Hargrave

Kiran Millwood Hargrave (b. Surrey 1990) is a poet, playwright, and author. Her books include the bestselling The Girl of Ink & Stars, and The Island at the End of Everything. The Way Past Winter was published in October 2018. Her first book for adults, The Mercies, was 'unquestionably the book of the 2018 London Book Fair' according to The Bookseller, and is forthcoming from Picador in 2020.

The Girl of Ink & Stars won Children's Book of the Year at the British Book Awards, the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2017, and was shortlisted for numerous awards including the Jhalak Prize, the Little Rebels Prize, and the Branford Boase Award. The Island at the End of Everything was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Best Story Award, and for Costa Children's Book of the Year.

Kiran lives in Oxford with her husband, the artist Tom de Freston, and their rescue cat, Luna.

MR WATSON SAYS: I have read 2 out of 3 of Kiran's books and the 3rd is on my shelf waiting. I find her writing fluid and captivating. Girl of Ink and Stars was loved by class 4 last year and I have been hooked on The Way past Winter this holiday. If you are looking for a well paced story that is full of adventure, drama and excitement, then her stories might be for you.

The teacher in me loves how she describes setting and scenes, the first page of The Way Past Winter, actually makes you feel cold!

Your Recommendations...

What book adventures have you been on?

Of course this Newsletter shouldn't be just about my choices.

I would love to hear recommendations from you too.

If you have read and enjoyed a book and think that someone else might enjoy it too, then share the name of the book and author with me, along with a brief summary of the plot and why you think someone else would enjoy the book.


Can you create a video review of a book you have enjoyed, send it to me and I will share your reviews and recommendations in February's Newsletter!

Share the love of books.

You can E-mail your ideas, recommendations and reviews to: mike.watson@eagle.lincs.sch.uk

Remember as always, reading is a beautifully subjective thing... if you don't like a book, think about why before giving up.

Might it be worth another chapter?

Do you understand what is happening?

Use these thoughts to shape your future choices.

Mr Watson

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